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Engineering Technology - Option 1: Robotics, Automation, and Controls BS

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Robotics, Automation, and Controls graduates at the University of Central Missouri would typically have positions that deal with the design, application, testing, and troubleshooting of robotic and automation systems. You find yourself designing and implementing a robotic assembly line, using PLC’s to control the fluid flow and processing at a beverage manufacturer, or managing the testing department in a company that manufactures circuit boards. You may start off at the technician level at your first job, but would typically move up to supervisory or management positions very quickly.

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Student Projects

As a Robotics, Automation, and Controls major, you will have the opportunity to design, build, and control automation systems. This includes the design and fabrication of an autonomous vehicle, programming PLC's and robotic cells, and the application of motor control systems. In addition, you will have the opportunity to showcase your skills and knowledge through a capstone class during your senior year, where you will work with a local industry to help solve one of their actual problems with design, automation, production, quality, etc.  

One exciting project you can be a part of is the NASA Human Rover Challenge, in which students design and fabricate a human powered vehicle (requiring multiple electronic devices) to traverse simulated lunar and martian terrain. In addition, you could be a part of the student robotic team that builds an autonomous robot to compete with other universities in various robotic competitions.


First Destination Success Rates

These reports highlight UCM graduates six months after graduation on their First Destination Success (FDS). FDS can be defined as graduates who are actively engaged in work/educational experiences (full-time, part-time, military, volunteer/program of service, or continuing education). Prospective students and families can gain knowledge by looking at major statistics.

2017-2018 Salary Summary

2017-2018 Graduates – Employers & Job Titles

2016-2017 Salary Summary

2016-2017 Graduates – Employers & Job Titles

2015-2016 Salary Summary

2014-2015 Salary Summary 

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Who will hire you?

UCM Engineering Technology graduates all have proficiency in areas such as CADD, Electronics, Manufacturing, Project Management, Quality, Engineering Economy, and real-world experience through an industrial internship. This gives our graduates ultimate flexibility in the engineering workforce. Some of the job titles our graduates have are Mechanical Engineer, Electronics Engineer, Civil Engineer, Industrial Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Quality Engineer, Production Engineer, and Facilities Engineer. Companies where our graduates work include Honeywell, General Motors, Ford, General Electric, Black & Veatch, Burns & McDonnell, Gardner Denver, and the list goes on and on.

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Student Organizations

Engineering Technology students have numerous opportunities and venues to interact with each other as well as industrial professionals who may hire them at some point in the future. Several student organizations on campus help enhance the student’s social and professional network. Some of these include the American Design Drafting Association (ADDA), American Society for Quality (ASQ), and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), to which many Engineering Technology students belong.  SME creates a setting where students have fun, compete with other organizations in various activities, meet and socialize with industrial professionals in their field, participate in community service activities, and develop a network of peers they will socialize and communicate with for a lifetime. Some of the more recent activities include:

  • Homecoming float competition
  • NASA Human Rover Competition
  • Solar car design and build
  • Consultant for Warrensburg FIRST Robotics team
  • FIRST Robotics Regional Competition volunteers
  • Annual SME Industry-Day Golf Tournament
  • SME Fall Picnic & Trap Shoot
  • SME game night and potluck
  • SME Intramural teams
  • SME Leadership Conference
  • SME Industrial Tours
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The Engineering Technology curriculum is, by its nature, based in theory and experiential learning. In order to apply theories learned in the classroom, students experience a wide variety of state-of-the-art laboratories. The Engineering Technology program houses over 15 student laboratories, including:

  • Automation & Robotics
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC)
  • Inspection & Quality Control (Metrology)
  • Destructive & Non-Destructive Testing
  • Precision Machining
  • Foundry
  • Plastics
  • R&D
  • CADD
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Electricity & Electronics
  • PLCs
  • Hydraulics & Pneumatics
  • Networking
  • Concrete & Masonry
  • Wood Processing
  • Sheet Metal Forming
  • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) & Barcoding
  • Welding

Engineering Technology facilities

Engineering Technology facilities

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Engineering Technology facilities

Faculty Profiles


UCM Scholarship Finder

For Any Major within the School of Technology
FIRST Robotics Scholarship (Incoming Freshman - STEM related)

Jacob M. Cunningham Memorial Scholarship (includes Graduate Students) 

Engineering Technology
General Electric Scholarship Honoring Gene Harmon in Engineering Technology 

Glenn W. Stahl Memorial Scholarship

Linda Holman Struchtemeyer Scholarship (Incoming Freshman - Manufacturing Option) 

Dr. Stephen Lacey Engineering Technology Scholarship

Taiwan Commemorative Scholarship  


An internship is required for the Engineering Technology degree. While it is the student’s responsibility to secure the internship before graduation, UCM Career Services, Engineering Technology faculty, and industrial alliances offer students valuable assistance in obtaining the internship. Many students work their internship(s) during the summer; however, more and more companies want students to work an extended internship, sometimes called a co-op. This requires the student to either withdraw from UCM classes for one semester or work the internship while taking classes during the spring or fall. Typically, students are paid a competitive wage during the internship, and many times it will directly lead to a job upon graduation.

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UCM’s Engineering Technology program is currently ABET accredited in all option areas (Electronics, Mechanical, Industrial, and Civil). It is a unique program that combines the learning of engineering theories with hands-on application of those theories.

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